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CITY OF HOBOKEN

Office of the Business Administrator
QUENTIN WIEST
Business Administrator

DAWN ZIMMER
Mayor

STEPHEN D. MARKS, PP, AICP
Municipal Manager
MEMORANDUM
TO:
FROM:
DATE:
RE:

HON. DAWN ZIMMER, MAYOR
QUENTIN WIEST, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
STEPHEN MARKS, MUNICIPAL MANAGER
MAY 2, 2016
WASHINGTON STREET REHABILITATION FUNDING AND FINANCING

Please accept this memo outlining the anticipated funding and financing of the Washington Street rehabilitation
project. For the past six months, T&M and Associates have been working on the final engineering plans,
specifications, estimate and schedule. The consulting engineers prepared a Washington Street Redesign
Feasibility Study Report which was a technical and financial analysis of the original RBA concept plan. The City
Council conducted a public hearing on the final design plan on February 8, 2016 and endorsed the final design
concept via resolution on February 20, 2016. Since that time, T&M has been drafting the construction drawings
and refining the construction cost estimate(s).
The itemized engineer’s estimate of probable construction costs for the proposed roadway improvements,
including construction administration, inspection and police traffic control, is approximately $11,410,000. The
base bid for roadway improvements includes: traffic signals, road resurfacing, ADA Compliant Curb Ramps,
Bicycle Facilities, Curb Extensions, Crosswalks, Street Lights and Signage. There are three bid alternates for
construction of the proposed Microgrid component ranging from $433,000 to $829,200 for each alternate
respectively. The cost estimate for the Water Main Replacement is approximately $7,491,000 and the estimate
for the Green Infrastructure Drainage Improvements is $3,495,000; both of these items include construction
administration and inspection, as well as police traffic control.
On the City Council agenda for May 4, 2016 is a bond ordinance for $12 million. A $600,000 down payment is
contained within the proposed 2016 municipal budget and the ordinance would authorize the issuance of
approximately $11,400,000 in bonds. Last year, the city approved ordinance Z-360 appropriating funds for the
Water Main Replacement and Green Infrastructure Drainage Improvements. Those items will be financed by
the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Fund (NJEIT) through the New Jersey Environmental
Infrastructure Financing Program (NJEIFP). The NJEIT provides low interest loans for water infrastructure
projects. In addition, the City obtained two grants through the NJDOT’s Municipal Aid Program, $457,030 in
FY2015 and $447,030 in FY2016, totaling $904,060. Finally, the City of Hoboken has been working with the State
of New Jersey to implement the proposed Microgrid project. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority
(NJEDA) is administering $200 million in federal funds through the Energy Resiliency Bank. The Energy Resiliency
Bank is similar to the NJEIT in that the NJEDA is making funding available through a combination of grants and
low interest loans. The City is planning to apply for Energy Resiliency Bank funding to finance all or a portion of
the proposed Microgrid project.
Given the estimated construction cost estimate(s) and level of financing proposed, I am confident that the
proposed $12 million bond along with the low interest loans and grants will be sufficient to award a contract for
construction later this summer.

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